Applying to Journalism
Students who are interested in applying to the Ryerson School of Journalism should visit the course calendar for an overview of the program and the journalism admissions page for an overview of the admissions process.
How do I apply?
If you are not a current or former Ryerson student you must apply through the Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC) at www.ouac.on.ca
For detailed steps on how to apply to Ryerson please visit Ryerson’s Undergraduate Admissions website at http://www.ryerson.ca/undergraduate/admission/apply/index.html
Before submitting your application make sure to check the academic and non-academic requirements for the Journalism program at http://www.ryerson.ca/undergraduate/admission/programs/journalism.html
Do not submit non-academic material until AFTER you have submitted your application for admission and heard back from Ryerson about how to access your Choose>Ryerson portal https://choose.ryerson.ca/myuniversity/login.html?. You will receive an Acknowledgment email that will allow access to your portal where you can retrieve your Ryerson Number. Your Ryerson Number must be clearly printed on all non-academic materials
If you have more questions about your admissions process, you can reach Ryerson University admissions at 416-979-5036.
Q. What counts as journalistic and life experience ?
A: Journalistic experience can include things like working on your school newspaper or yearbook, newspaper, radio or TV work or volunteering, co-op placements, etc. The life experience should include any other experience you have that you feel is relevant. This can include things like second languages, volunteer work, travel, hobbies, extra-curricular activities, etc. Both your journalistic and life experience should be legibly handwritten on one 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper.
Q. What are you looking for in a portfolio?
A: Examples of your work can enhance your application. You may submit a maximum of six photocopied newspaper clippings and/or radio/TV scripts and/or your own unpublished work. Unpublished work should be non-fiction and written in a journalistic style. Do not include creative work, poetry, essays, fictional short stories, video or audio tapes, etc. Do not put your material in a fancy binder. Just send the pages.
Q. Are there language requirements for the program?
A: All journalism courses are given in English and students are expected to perform above average in written and spoken English.
Applicants from a country where English is not the official language, or where English is an official language but not the first language, including applicants who have resided in Canada for four calendar years or less (i.e. your date of entry to Canada was on or after January 1, 2008 for Fall 2012), are required to present proof of English Language Proficiency at a satisfactory level.
Applicants who are required to provide proof of English language proficiency may choose to register for and write the Ryerson Test of English Proficiency (RTEP) or submit alternate English language proficiency test results.
A list of acceptable alternate tests of English language proficiency and minimum English proficiency results can be found at http://www.ryerson.ca/undergraduate/admission/english/index.html
Q. Can I apply for January entrance? Can I defer my acceptance to January?
A: No. The program runs from September to April.
Q. Can I take the program on a part-time basis?
A: The journalism program is a full-time, daytime course of study. In their first year, students have approximately 20 hours per week of course time. In addition, they can expect 10 to 20 hours of course work each week. Courses are given during the day from September to April.
Q. How many students are in the program?
A: Generally, 150 students are accepted to the four-year program.
Q. Are there internships?
A: In their final year, most students spend seven weeks in an internship (industry placement).
Q. I just want to go into broadcast; do I have to take courses in other fields of journalism?
A: Yes, you will have to take courses that cover print, online and broadcast journalism in the first two years of the program.
Q. I took journalism courses at another post-secondary institution / I want to transfer from another program; can my credits be transferred or can I get an advanced standing in the program?
A: Transfer credits are evaluated on a case by case basis. It is extremely rare for the School of Journalism to accept journalism credits from other institutions as transfer credits http://www.ryerson.ca/currentstudents/transfercredits/.
Q. I've moved since I applied to the program; how do I submit my change of address?
A: During the admissions process, OUAC applicants who wish to change their address must do so with the Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC). Instructions on how to change your address and personal information can be found on the OUAC website at www.ouac.on.ca.
Q I still have unanswered questions. Can I schedule an appointment to talk to someone?
A: During the school year, Ryerson University hosts Tour & Discussion Days. The first part of the tour discusses Ryerson University in general and the second part is faculty-specific. The School of Journalism tours are hosted by faculty and students of the program. For more information or to register for tours, go to: http://www.ryerson.ca/undergraduate/admission/visit/